Mental health issues ‘a public health emergency’ doctor tells Rodney Levi inquest – APTN News

Doctors testifying at a coroner’s inquest into the police shooting of Rodney Levi from Metepenagiag First Nation in New Brunswick say more addictions and mental health services are needed in the province.

The five-member coroner’s jury heard today that 48-year-old Levi was addicted for years to numerous drugs, including crystal meth.

He was shot dead by RCMP on June 12, 2020, when they responded to a call about a man with knives at a home in Sunny Corner, N.B.

Retired Dr. Linda Hudson says she started treating Levi in 2002, and she says he would regularly attend a detox clinic but would usually check out early and not take follow-up counselling.

She says there’s a need for more community-based services so people don’t have to travel far for help.

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